Thanks for your inputs.
Reg $$$..no scholorships from either pgm..regarding the pgm..let me be a little bit more specific..i have been admitted into the Executive MBA program at berkeley..its a 19month program.
Although my immediate job plans are in India..long term i see a high probability of looking at opportunities globally...I am little concerned how the student group , diversity and experience level of the students will be at ISB compared to exec students at berkeley which is catered for people with 8+ years of work experience.
Sirisha - I am an executive recruiter based in India. My firm caters exclusively to talent with more than 15-20 years of experience, I am an incoming MBA student at Tuck and hence am well informed regarding senior/mid management jobs as well as MBA perceptions back home.
1. If you want to transition to India, ISB is a DECENT bet but certainly not the best. The ISB brand has diluted over the years owing to a) a higher percentage of class with work ex <4 years, and b) opening a new campus taking class to 1.5 times its size with no proven placement record to sustain it
2. There are limited jobs that are appealing that are offered to students at ISB - my definition of appeal is jobs at McK, Bain (Doesnt visit ISB), BCG (doesnt visit ISB), global leadership programs (some Indian subsidiaries visit ISB) etc.
3. However, these 'appealing' jobs typically go to the more experienced - maybe a 5 to 8 year range - versus the less experienced
4. ISB's brand name while recruiting is not as well regarded as, say, IIM Ahmedabad
5. As IIM Ahmedabad has a PGPX program - similar to ISBs program its a 1 year program for senior executives and has seen good placements - which you should consider
6. Berkeley has a good brand here - what I mean by that is that people would recognize Berkeley on your resume. They won't recognize Haas at all
7. The 'Executive MBA' tag is seen with a lot of speculation here. it doesn't have the same level of acceptance as in the US - be prepared for that
8. Someone who does an Exec MBA from Berkeley and wants to come to India, will mostly be seen a someone who couldnt get a job there and is hence applying here. The perception that the US would be your first choice a place of employment if you studied there exists
Pls take my comments with a pinch of salt and apply the pareto principle of 80/20. My comments above reflect, in my view, what 80% of the populace would have. There will always be anomalies much fewer in number that will result in different outcome.
All the best!
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